Welcome to the NACADA Region 2 Mentoring Page! Our region is committed to providing quality mentoring services. Since the creation of our program in 2012, our region has provided expert guidance to professionals (new, mid-level and expert). The program is not just for our graduate and new advising professionals seeking mentorship but any advising practitioners looking for a professional connection at any point in their career in higher education.
Mentoring dates back to Ancient Greece. Did you know that in Homer’s The Odyssey, Mentor was the trusted friend and advisor to Odysseus, King of Ithaca? Mentor was charged with the protection of the Ithacan heir, Telemachus, after the king went to fight in the Trojan War. Mentor took on the appearance of Athena to help guide the young prince through the difficult time while his father was away (Roberts, 1999).
The NACADA Region 2 Mentoring Program follows the commitment of #NoMenteeLeftBehind. Adopted in 2017, this charge to the regional membership addressing the promise to match every applicant in the program with a mentor/mentee match.
Our program will be expanding this year! We are very excited to be pairing up with Region 1 for our association’s first ever dual regional mentoring program! This will allow our regions to collaborate and learn from each other and continue its history of strong mentorship.
For the 2021 program, we will not be requiring membership to attend the Virtual Region 1 and Region 2 Conference to participant. We understand that the pandemic has affected the membership’s ability to gain professional development experience.
Our program will be 100% virtual this year with a one-year commitment from March 2021 to March 2022. Our program will have quarterly Zoom check in meetings with the cohort along with specialized meetings for mentors and mentees. The idea of our virtual model is to keep the programming going just in an online environment.
Mentors are ideally a professional with at least 2+ years of professional experience in the field. This practitioner might be an academic advising administrator, an executive, mid-level or senior level advisor, faculty advisor or some other experiences in higher education. You will serve an expert in your field who is open to offering guidance and support
Mentees are a unique group because our program, has a variety of professional levels from graduate students to mid-level advisors. If you are a new practitioner in academic advising and looking to learn from an experienced expert or looking to climb the advising ladder to senior or administrative level, you might want to consider serving as a mentee.
Mentors and mentees should have a monthly check-in via email, phone, or video platform. It is really whatever the mentoring dyad decides. The beauty of our mentoring program is the flexibility offered to our mentorships. They will discuss at their first meeting expectations for the year. It is our hope that mentees come up with a few goals professionally they might want to meet over the next year. The mentors can serve as a professional who might be able to help them reach those goals or provide support in other ways.
To learn more about our program, we will be hosting a Region 1 and Region 2 Lunch and Learn on our mentoring program on Friday, February 26, 2021.
If you are interested in serving in our program, please complete our applications by no later than Friday, March 5, 2021.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is my pleasure to help any prospective mentee or mentor to learn more about our program!
Region 2 Mentoring and Membership Coordinator
Reference: Roberts, A. (1999). Homer’s mentor: duties fulfilled or misconstrued. Retrieved from nickols.us/homers_mentor.pdf